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ERIC Number: EJ809011
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-1551-3696
Mistaking Computers for Technology: Technology Literacy and the Digital Divide
Amiel, Tel
AACE Journal, v14 n3 p235-256 2006
No other information and communication technology has swept the globe with greater speed than the Internet, having the potential to promote vast social, economic, and political transformations. As new technologies become available the pattern of adoption and diffusion creates disparities in access and ownership. At the most basic this gap is termed the digital divide and its most common antidote has been the computer. To close this divide, sizeable capital has been spent on deploying computer integration into public schools around the globe. This article uses the case of Brazil to analyze the role of computers in schools as tools to close the digital divide and promote pedagogical change. Massive computer integration will not be the cure for to the digital gap. As new technological tools continue to develop, new gaps will arise. An approach focusing on technology literacy is the only sustainable way to avoid present and future technological divides. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil